Thursday, 10 July 2014

EXCLUSIVE| SS15 Selection Panel

As Fashion Scout London and Paris's September season approaches, a group of leading fashion professionals joined Fashion Scout’s Director Martyn Roberts to decide on the exciting new line up of designers for the upcoming season. As well as selecting those who would showcase on our catwalk, it was decided who would be awarded Fashion Scout’s prestigious Merit Award, as well as our Ones to Watch.


Renowned fashion journalist Hilary Alexander commented that the overall quality of designer's pieces, describing them as “really interesting,” being sure to comment on the “ingenious craftsmanship” of some of the collections on offer. Alongside Hilary Alexander was Judith Tolley from the CFE, stylist Rebekah Roy, Not Just A Label’s Robert Cavell-Clarke and previous Merit Award winner, Phoebe English.
“Really original, you can tell they have really enjoyed making it, really lovely.” Phoebe English.
Since winning the coveted Merit Award, Phoebe English works closely with CFE London and has grown her business into a staple name in the fashion industry. Next week, English will be flying to New York with her latest collection for an exciting new launch event in Dover Street Market's new US branch. 

                               

The event was covered live on our social media platforms with quotes and photos during the selection process for which the winners will be announced shortly. 

Alongside the selection of designers applying for Fashion Scout September, the panel also viewed a collection of the best fashion design graduates work from this year. From these collections, the panel then curated a collective of the 10 best UK fashion grads. 10 graduates who will comprise to create the Graduate Showcase, which will be shown at our Freemason's Hall venue in Covent Garden for the fourth year this season. 


Fashion Scout London will take place from 12th - 16th September 2014. 

Images by Hannah Farrell 
Writer: Lauren Slater + Lauren West 

Monday, 30 June 2014

NEWS| One Week Left to Apply For Fashion Scout SS15





Applications for the SS15 London and Paris showcases are still open, and will close on Monday 7th July.

Taking place once again at the Freemasons’ Hall in Covent Garden, Fashion Scout London will run over the five days of London Fashion Week from Friday 12th - Tuesday 16th September. Showcasing the most innovative in upcoming fashion talent, you can apply to show your collections as catwalk shows, presentations or part of our respected exhibition.

Applications will be open again for the prestigious and highly desired Merit Award, won by Xiao Li last season as well as our coveted Ones to Watch showcase. The Merit Award new talent initiative is worth £25,000 over three seasons and is responsible for the launch of design careers including that of William Tempest, David Koma, Hermione De Paula, Eudon Choi, Georgia Harding, Leutton Postle, Phoebe English, as well as Xiao Li. The Merit Award is open to new womenswear designers who have already graduated and wish to show during London Fashion Week.

Fashion Scout Paris will also return to its Paris home between Thursday 25th September and Tuesday 30th September in the heart of Marais, where designers will be able to individually display their collections to the elite fashion Industry. Visitors to the Fashion Scout Paris Showroom last season included Anna Wintour, Hamish Bowles, Lucinda Chambers, Fran Burns, Sarah Mower, Sara Maino, Worldwide Vogue and Worldwide Elle. 

To request an application pack and for full information, email: enquiries@fashionscoutevents.com.


Be sure to check back to the Fashion Scout blog for full details on our Selection panel, as well as all of the news and events in the run up to Fashion Scout SS15.

Images by Oliver Savage, (@olisav) and Jamike Latif, (@JamikeLatif).


Friday, 20 June 2014

NEWS| Fashion Scout Designers Shortlisted for the MUUSE x Vogue Talents Young Vision Award





We're excited to announce that Fashion Scout designers Vita Gottlieb and Liz Black have been selected and put through to the first stage in the Muuse x Vogue Talents Young Vision Womenswear award.

Every year, Vogue Talents partner with MUUSE to present the MUUSE x Vogue Talents Young Vision Award in which upcoming designers submit their work. From these initial entries, 50 semi-finalists are put to public vote before Vogue's Senior Fashion Editor Sara Maino selected the winner.

With a prize that includes designing a capsule collection under the MUUSE label to be sold on their website and a selection of retailers, it's a fantastic opportunity for the winner.

During our AW14 showcase, designs from both Gottlieb and Black hit the Fashion Scout runway, presenting collections that stuck to the standout aesthetic they've both become known for. Whilst Gottleib's ‘Caged’ collection reinterpreted the skin as both a covering and a cage, Black's collection was a tribute to the surrealist art icon Dali.

To vote for the designers, as well as see the other talent that has made it through, click here.

By Josh Walker, Editor, (@josh_walker_)
Images by Sim D and Lepa Georgievska.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

EXCLUSIVE| Fashion Scout SS15 Applications Now Open





We are pleased to announce that applications for the SS15 London and Paris showcases are now open.

From Friday 12th – Tuesday 16th September, Fashion Scout London will again take place at the Freemasons’ Hall in Covent Garden, London over the five days of London Fashion Week. Showcasing the very best in upcoming fashion talent, designers can apply to show their collections as catwalk shows, presentations or part of our exhibition.

This season’s applications will also open for the prestigious and highly desired Merit Award, won by Xiao Li last season. The Merit Award new talent initiative is worth £25,000 over three seasons and is responsible for the launch of design careers including that of William Tempest, David Koma, Hermione De Paula, Eudon Choi, Georgia Harding, Leutton Postle, Phoebe English, as well as Xiao Li. The Merit Award is open to new womenswear designers who have already graduated and wish to show during London Fashion Week.

Additionally, new designers can apply for the Ones to Watch collaborative showcase. Known as the first and best place to see the future of UK and International design talent, the Ones to Watch provides four designers with a high profile catwalk show.

Fashion Scout Paris will also return to its Paris home in the heart of Marais, where designers will be able to individually display their collections to the elite fashion Industry. Visitors to the Fashion Scout Paris Showroom last season included Anna Wintour, Hamish Bowles, Lucinda Chambers, Fran Burns, Sarah Mower, Sara Maino, Worldwide Vogue and Worldwide Elle. 

Paris Showroom dates run from the Thursday 25th – Tuesday 30th September.

To request an application pack and for full information, please email: enquiries@fashionscoutevents.com.

Applications close on Monday the 7th July.

Images by Oliver Savage, (@olisav).

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

NEWS| Fashion Scout's Ukrainian Designers Featured on iD



Fashion Scout's AW14 Ukrainian designers have been featured on iD online. In an article named 'A Fashion Revolution: How Ukraine's Designers Took On Paris', the piece describes not just the unique work from our Ukrainian designers but the industry's unfaltering support for the situation on their side of the world. 

The article describes the work of PASKAL and Anna October, both runners-up of the LVHM prize, as follows:

'Inspired by the architectural Suprematist movement of the 20s, Julie’s autumn/winter 14 collection for her label PASKAL turns skyscrapers into perforated, milk-white garments, creating a kind of futuristic Modernism that doesn’t look like anything else, while Anna October has carved out her own slightly gloomy and very intricate niche of what Mower calls “non-flashy, elegant party dresses”.'

It goes on to continue praising the designer's aesthetics, as well as their thoughts whilst showcasing in the Fashion Scout Paris showrooms. “We are very passionate about what we do, and there’s something in our mentality that makes us strong and forward-looking,” Julie says in the article. “When your country is on the brink of war, it is the worst and the best pressure simultaneously."

Read the article from iD in full here.

By Josh Walker, Editor, (@josh_walker_)
Images by Hannah McGee.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

COLLECTION| International Catwalk Competition at Graduate Fashion Week 2014.



Adriana Perelli Gonzales - Istituto Marangoni Milan


Sabrina Pilkati - Academia Di Costume E Di Moda


Shan Liao Huang - Shih Chien University 


Claudio Cutungo - IED


Jessica Tarisch - Istituto Marangoni Paris

On the final day of GFW 2014, the International Catwalk Competition hit the runway. A stunning explosion of print, colour and texture from universities across the globe, the show was testament to the talent of our international counterparts. 

Highlights included Adriana Perelli Gonzales' ‘Afro-Cuban Beats’ collection, inspired by an Afro-Cuban jazz song. Gonzales’ collection overflowed with character as Cuban and African culture collided to form an eclectic combination of texture and print. Lively prints were adorned with feather, fur, beads and hand stitched embroidery. Orange, yellow and green tones featured heavily throughout and black provided a backdrop for a sea of ethnic print. A playful banana print was also worked into the collection. Feather cuffs and floral headpieces beautifully complemented Gonzales’ ethnic fusion. 

Sabrina Pilkati showcased a minimal, architectural aesthetic within her collection. Ultra high neck details in caviar leather were featured extended from mesh tops. Deconstructed silhouettes set the tone for Pilkati's collection. Leather and fleece fabrics were juxtaposed in designs from across the collection with panelling and curved zip details adding a sense of deconstruction and garment manipulation to each look. A particular highlight came in the form of a cream coloured coat with extended, structured shoulder detail. A colour palette of red, black and cream formed shell-like encasings which strikingly manipulated the female form. 

Shan Liao Huang used a limited colour palette of strictly grey tones throughout her collection. Featuring both mens and womenswear, Huang’s designs exuded a feeling of androgyny. Silhouettes were oversized, particularly in the shoulder area and garments were padded throughout the collection with Huang’s jacket designs resembling that of baseball jackets in terms of silhouette. Graphic black and white print was displayed in singular sections within each look. A distressed aesthetic set the tone for Huang’s collection which favoured a use of feather applique detailing, metal box bags and panelling to create a look reminiscent of modern armour.

Claudio Cutungo favoured a dramatic use of black in his collection. Mesh, feathers, lace and vinyl black detailing added to Cutungo’s striking aesthetic. Cutungo’s designs featured floor length designs in a contrasting array of textures, with heavy wool coats being juxtaposed against softly ruffled sleeves. Accentuated waists gave added form to an otherwise straight silhouette and vinyl black hats complete with lace detailing perfectly complemented Cutungo’s look.

Jessica Tarisch presented a traditional collection, taking inspiration from the Alpine region in which she grew up. Heavy flanneled fabrics were given a feminine twist as they were combined with softer silk pieces throughout the collection. Knitted crochet finishes offered a feeling of tradition to Tarisch’s collection and a traditionally feminine silhouette complete with cinched in waist added to a sense of culture - with heavy fabrics being reminiscent of the hiking clothing that Tarisch encountered growing up. Patchwork elements and a muted colour palette effortlessly complemented Tarisch’s homespun aesthetic.

By Charlotte Muscat, (@CharlotteLM9).
Images by Tram Nguyen, (@TramNguyenP).

Saturday, 31 May 2014

NEWS| Graduate Fashion Week 2014 is officially open




Fashion Scout are absolutely thrilled to announce that Graduate Fashion Week 2014 has officially opened with the brand new venue at the Truman Brewery, which has been transformed into a creative hive of talent from graduates across the country.

Catwalk shows from some of the best universities and colleges across the country, talks and events in the GFW Live area nestled down in Truman's basement or the companies and individuals taking over or Atelier, Photo Studio and Fashion Forward area, the atmosphere is alive with excitement.

Fashion Scout partner with The International Catwalk Competition showcasing at GFW to bring you the best in design talent from around the world. Designs from the best International universities and colleges hit the catwalk on Tuesday June 3rd at 12:30pm.

Keep checking back to the GFW blog to view photos and read reports about everything going on at GFW. 

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And, if you want to read everything from the blog on the go, download the GFW app for apple and for android.

You can view a full catwalk schedule HERE.
You can view a full talks schedule HERE

By Josh Walker, (@josh_walker_), Editor.


Friday, 23 May 2014

NEWS: Tickets Still Available for GFW 2014






With GFW 2014 only a week away now, there's not long left to purchase tickets to the event.

Taking place between Saturday 31st May and Tuesday 3rd June 2014, GFW will take a major step forward with an exciting new venue - The Truman Brewery, London E1. Located in the heart of London’s buzzing creative district in East London, the Truman Brewery is a stunning industrial building that is conveniently positioned for the fashion industry.

For four days, the atmospheric venue will play host to the largest showcase for fashion graduates from across the UK and internationally. Those among the likes of Gareth Pugh and Agi & Sam are already confirmed as speakers for the event, as well as talks from Fashion Monitor, Drapers and the Evening Standard. Whether it's the stunning catwalk displays, the impressive exhibition space or the live mentoring, studio shoots and immersive talks from industry leaders, it's not an event to be missed.

This year, we have partnered with Vogue Italia Talents to present the International Catwalk Competition 2014. A show in which the world’s leading fashion universities are invited to enter their top graduate collections, it's set to be a fantastic display of innovative international design talent. The judging panel is headed by Sara Maino, Senior Fashion Editor from Vogue Italia and will include other industry experts including Prof. Wendy Dagworthy (RCA). 

By Josh Walker, Editor, (@josh_walker_).
Images, Graduate Fashion Week 2014 Preview Shoot. 

Thursday, 15 May 2014

NEWS: Belle Sauvage Pop-Up Store




Belle Sauvage have launched their first ever Berlin pop-up store.

Running until the 30th May 2014 in the Boulevard Berlin Shopping Mall, the store features the standout designs produced by the design duo Virginia Ferreira and Chris Neuman.

The pair showcased a collection of regal attitude during their AW14 showcase at our Freemasons' Hall in February. Featuring deep jewel tones, printed fabrics and accents of gold and red, the audience was wowed with a display that was bursting with superiority and royal themes.

In a collection titled 'Paris Cats after Midnight', a mix of soft sheer fabrics and strong structured silhouettes delivered an intricate look of an iconic woman. Faux fur collar detailing and leather panelling displayed the duo's complex referencing telling a story of the dark and seductive side of French femininity.

By Josh Walker and Vanessa Omoregie.
Catwalk images, by Jamike Latif.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

EXCLUSIVE: SS15 Applications Opening Soon





We're pleased to announce that applications for the SS15 season will be opening very soon.

Following the success of our AW14 showcase earlier in the year, which included over 20 catwalk shows and immersive presentations in our Freemasons Hall venue from our Merit Award winner Xiao Li, Ones to Watch winners Carrie-Ann Stein, George Styler, Hiroko Nakajima and Sarah Ryan as well as other Fashion Scout designers, the season was certainly a memorable one. 

Attracting impressive media, industry and buyer attention season after season with their impressive displays of design, we're looking forward to seeing what designers will introduce to the industry this season. 

Be sure to keep checking back to our blog for details as to when SS15 application open, as well as follow our:


for all of the latest updates.

By Josh Walker, Editor, (@josh_walker_).

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

NEWS: David Longshaw Publishes Debut E-Book





David Longshaw has recently published his debut E-book.

'Mildred - A fashionable children's tale for grown ups' introduces the signature Longshaw fabric mouse Maude to his first full online book. 

David Longshaw, a previous Fashion Scout One to Watch winner designer, is a Central Saint Martins Fashion Design graduate and created his fictional character whilst studying. Described by British Vogue as 'Longshaw's long-standing cult creation', Longshaw has become as renowned for his illustrations as much as his standout designs. 

Since showcasing with Fashion Scout, Longshaw has won a number of awards, including the Elle Talent Launch Pad and being named one of vogue.com's Designers to Watch in 2011. He also contributes his illustrations in the form of a weekly comic strip to Vogue Italia. 

Available to read on Kindle and the Kindle apps, Samsung tablets and Android, you can purchase the E-book Here 

Images, courtesy of David Longshaw

Thursday, 24 April 2014

NEWS: Little Shilpa Featured in Vogue Italia





Fashion Scout AW14 designer Little Shilpa has been featured in Vogue Italia. 

For Vogue Italia's 50th anniversary, the publication have teamed up with Pepsi and, through their 'Pulse of New Talent' project, invited 10 international designers to interpret the world of Pepsi through their distinct design aesthetic. Little Shilpa is one such designer who, through her fashion forward vision and expressive millinery, is sure to bring a fresh eye to the brief. 

"When I think of Pepsi, I think of refreshing summer days, youthful dalliances and the EDM generation," Little Shilpa explains to Vogue Italia. "For this project, I have designer a visor. It is a double-layered visor with two colour ways for men and women... The design is youthful, fun and imbibes street culture."

Little Shilpa showcased her AW14 collection 'Vesper Bloom' at our Freemason's Hall venue in February. Bringing a dark presentation of pieces to our presentation room, her designs were highly embellished and intricately detailed.  

To see illustrations of Little Shilpa's piece, photos of the design itself and to read the rest of the interview, click here

By Josh Walker, Editor, (@josh_walker_).
Images, taken by Oliver Savage.

Friday, 18 April 2014

NEWS| Tickets On Sale For The International Catwalk Show





Tickets for the GFW 2014 International Catwalk Competition are now on sale HERE.

We have partnered with Vogue Italia Talents to present the International Catwalk Competition 2014 at Graduate Fashion Week in May. A show in which the world’s leading fashion universities are invited to enter their top graduate’s collection, it's set to be a fantastic display of innovative international design talent. The judging panel is headed by Sara Maino, Senior Fashion Editor from Vogue Italia and will include other industry experts including Prof. Wendy Dagworthy (RCA). 

For this year's event, the atmospheric Truman Brewery will play host to Graduate Fashion Week 2014. The largest showcase for fashion graduates from across the UK and internationally, it's the perfect place to immerse yourself in upcoming talent. Whether it's the stunning catwalk displays, the impressive exhibition space or the live mentoring, studio shoots and immersive talks from industry leaders, it's not an event to be missed.

Tickets are going fast so be sure to grab yours soon!

By Josh Walker, Editor, (@josh_walker_).

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